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Industrial and Political Unity: Lessons from the North

  • Howard Guille
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Abstract

The unity of labour is simultaneously an idea and a practice. There are many forms of both. Industrial unity has concerned unions since their formation. In the 1980s it is a crucial question in the ability of unions in Queensland to resist an assault on their very existence. Political unity has also been a continuing issue. In the 1880s the Australian Labor Party was formed as the political arm of unions. Unions and the party have distinct and separate spheres of activity and not all unions are affiliated with the Labor Party. The ‘Labourist’ project has, at times, been severely criticised by some unions, especially when Labor governments have failed to meet expectations. More recently, the development of ‘neocorporatist’ or tripartite strategies has placed a new emphasis on government-union relations.

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